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Freedom and Power


Published 1952


Depicts the development and importance of electric power from Benjamin Franklin's experiment with a kite to the contributions of Thomas Edison. First ten-minute sequence, showing history of American independence territorial expansion and electrical development, is animated.
Commemorates General Electric's 75th anniversary (1878-1953).
Pennsylvania Railroad GG-1 electric locomotive pulling passenger train on Northeast Corridor route
Shots of heavy industry
Radio announcer, transmission tower, man and woman watching television, LIFE magazines being bound
Newspapers coming off press
Cars on street
Electric utility dispatchers at work
Power plants
Appliances, domestic and industrial uses of electricity
Generators and generating plants
Transmission lines
Surprise birthday party for old man, family singing "Happy Birthday to You"
Scenes of earlier days before electricity
Electricity on the farm
Tracking shot past typist working on typewriter and clerk working on adding machine
Kitchen appliances
Electric heater in suburban home
Animated atomic nucleus superimposed over suburban home
Rural areas
Jefferson Memorial, Washington, D.C.
Interiors of home
MCU television set built into fireplace with TV image showing
Various interior shots of appliances
Animated view of suburban houses turning red -- as neighborhood turns red, anti-communist narration:
Narrator: "But now our freedoms are threatened by forces that would crush our liberties and tyrannize the minds of men. Against these forces we have the weapons of freedom: courage, faith, and the creative spirit. And we have the tool that built our way of life -- productivity. America, with only 6% of the world's population, produces over 40% of the world's goods."
Animated products flying out from map of the United States
Great animation of productivity and increasing horsepower
Guided missile launching "to preserve our freedoms for the greater world to come"
Animated sky brightening over power transmission lines
"But we are not a nation of destroyers. We are builders. Builders of new freedoms and more power for a new age. We stand on the edge of that new age even now. And the pioneering spirit flowering in the air of freedom will build and dream of new ways to put electric power to work. Then in time we may come to know that the men of Lexington set off a chain reaction burgeoning down the years to make this world a freer world for all mankind."


Producer Wolff (Raphael G.) Studios, Inc.
Sponsor General Electric Company
Audio/Visual sound, color

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Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavorite - May 17, 2017
Subject: FREEEEEEEEDOM!! and POWERRRRRRRR!!

Commie paranoia-hinting epic movie about the history of electricity, it's modern usage, and it's uses for the future. It's all ok, the look into the future is pretty interesting. Though I'm not too sure how the light switch for every room in the house was something new, or maybe I'm missing something. But! Our freedom to have electricity is being threatened by foreign powers! (read: Commies), how or why is not explained, BUT IT'S THERE.
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